Welp, tonight was going to be about my first impressions of Returnal. I’ve played a few hours now, even made it to the end of Zone 1 boss on my fourth or so go.

But instead, today has had some bigger news.

From the NZHerald Article here.

They weren’t able to confirm it was a Delta variant case tonight, but given all cases seen in MIQ / at the border for the past while have been — they’re treating it like it is. Full genomic sequencing will be carried out overnight to confirm both the variant and whether it can be tied back to a border case.

So far though, there is no obvious tie back here. So questions on how it managed to get into the community are certainly going to float around.

I’m not too surprised at the reaction and after seeing how trying to go more softly in Sydney has worked out for them, even a little appreciative. As much as I’m not looking forward to a full, hard, level 4 lockdown over the next week (at least) — it’s a dang side better than the alternative!

As Jacinda said — if you’re going out, out of simple courtesy and service to others, if not your own protection — wear a mask. Delta is incredibly infectious with cases being transmitted at a casual passing of people.

I guess we’ll see how it goes — I’m hopeful that even with a few more cases almost inevitably being found over the next day or two, that with the early and hard lockdown, we’ll be out of this home free in the planned timeframe. This is the first time in a bit over 6 months we’ve had COVID in the community, so let’s get back to that please!

This was posted during Blaugust 2021, the annual blogging event hosted by Belghast. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

The Blaugust Discord is still available to join in, year-round!


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Nimgimli · August 18, 2021 at 1:00 am

I wish the U.S. took this stuff as seriously. Stay healthy and here’s to it being squashed quickly!

    Naithin · August 18, 2021 at 8:42 am

    I wish you guys did too! Understand it’s more difficult with the scale of things you guys have over there and the different levels of Govt, but still!

    4 more cases identified overnight, confirmed as Delta. So we’ll see how long this lockdown goes to contain it!

Hannah · August 18, 2021 at 3:08 am

Gosh, if only the rest of us dealt with this pandemic as well as you guys do. I hope they’re able to get it back under control. <3

    Naithin · August 18, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Thanks Hannah, and me too! 4 more cases identified this morning — but all related to the case identified yesterday, so far.

    Fingers crossed no need to extend the lockdowns, but, not holding my breath now!

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